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until we get water. back the company up to a safe distance. >> you can hear it in their voices, determination and confusion as san bruno fire department launched its attack on the pipeline explosion last week. good evening, i'm allen martin. >> i'm dana king. most of us will never know what it was like for those first responders on the ground, but today, some of them tried to explain it. john ramos on how they describe that inferno. >> i was on the way back to school night. i was at crestmoor elementary school. >> i was at my son's baseball practice when my wife and i saw the explosion. reporter: most people ran from the inferno that night but as always, there are those whose job it is to run toward it. some of them told their stories today. >> initially, we're thinking that a jet airplane went down from san francisco airport and then when the second call came in for south city fireworks i personally was thinking it might be a terrorist thing. >> reporter: when the explosion happened the fireball could be
seen all over the bay area but it was right here at the crest of this hill that first responders got their first look at what they were dealing with. >> we have a whole neighborhood on fire and we have incredible heat and fire. many homes are burning. and as we took the turn, there were citizens fleeing the street running up the hill. >> we really didn't have any radios or any communication. so what we did was ask citizens to drive people with second- degree burns on their arms and their face to the hospital. >> you had this big gas main under high pressure feeding this fire and somebody said it was like they took a saturn 5 rocket and tipped it upside-down at the blastoff. i mean, this thing was blowing out like you wouldn't believe and i'd say probably 100-foot flame lengths. >> police officers we train and practice and prepare to respond and react, and we were left helpless and we could only go so far because the wall of fire was just incredibly intensely hot.
>> reporter: that's when they discovered all the fire hydrants had been disabled because of the blast. >> we were able to make a hydrant connection the other side of san bruno avenue and lay a supply line. >> there is a police officer there. i said nobody drivers over this, no matter what it takes. you lose this hose line, we lose the block and he understood me and that's all. he just gave me a look, he said i got it and that was it. i knew he feels going to take care of us and we were going to be able to do our job. >> reporter: they did their job that night but today they took time to give their thanks to the people of san bruno. >> those are to me the true heroes. the people in the community. like i said, we do this every day. we have chosen to do this. but those people stepped up. those are the ones i'm really proud to be with. >> reporter: in san bruno, john ramos, cbs 5. meanwhile, the question many people in the bay area have remains unanswered tonight. under what neighborhoods do the rest of those huge transmission pipelines run? ken bastida has that part of the story for us. >> reporter: it's amazing, allen and dana. everybody wants to know the
same thing, do i have a gas line under my house, my street, my kids' school? you're not alone. even city governments are struggling to get that information from pg&e. terry white is the public works director for the city of south san francisco. >> all we know is that there are a network of lines that run through the city. and that there is a 30" gas line we now know it's the same line segment number that was damaged in san bruno. we wanted to know exactly where it's located and what kind of depth it has and what kind of inspection records there are and what we can expect from this line in the future. >> reporter: you would think this information would be a phone call away for public officials like white. but think again. >> we have asked that they share this information with us so we can integrate it into our
graphic information system or gis system. but they do not want to share that level of information with us. >> reporter: white says pg&e told him it's for security reasons. he says the utility company only revealed the location of the transmission line when the city was forced to replace a nearby sewer line. it snakes south from san bruno mountain through residential neighborhoods by schools and even hospitals. [ pause ] [ no audio ] >> reporter: we had a little problem with the tape there obviously. it runs actually down that street and goes by the bart station, kaiser hospital, it is about 100 feet from the underground bart tunnel, apartment buildings. i mean, it's the middle of an urban setting. pg&e's own calculation tell us that it has an impact radius if this pipe fails of 415 feet.
we know of course that it's much greater than that from what we saw last thursday. several blocks wide if it fails. that's your impact radius. we have tried to be fair on this. we have called pg&e numerous times. please tell us, i mean, why aren't you talk together cities? what's going on? to date, we have got no answer from pg&e. when we get an answer from pg&e, we'll bring it to you guys. >> it's an interesting debate. public safety versus national security. >> and there is terrorism and do you really want everybody knowing where a 30" pipeline is? good point. >> ken, thanks so much. last night we told you about the government run website that is supposed to provide public information on these elusive transmission lines. the page had a warning about extremely high traffic that might make it impossible to find anything. and in just the past hour, that site sprung to life with a makeover. we'll have a link to it on our
website, cbs5.com. pg&e under intense scrutiny over how it handles this disaster. simon perez shows us how the company has done so far and what we can expect from the utility as we go forward. >> how a company handles a crisis like this has long lasting effects. up to the moment for pg&e so far, so good. it is apparently following the playbook. reporter: last thursday's deadly explosion and fire in san bruno had all the makings of much more than a disaster for the neighborhood. it was also a potential disaster for pg&e, the company responsible for the pipeline. formlating the correct response to a crisis like this is critical. >> you need to show that you know the magnitude of the disaster and that it's a true huge uv huge tragedy. >> reporter: he says pg&e has done several things right. for one, on the very night of the explosion, pg&e said if it was at fault, it would take responsibility. >> it will in its word --this is quoted now, will take accountability if it was found to be responsible for the explosion.
>> it's not like fine wine. it doesn't get better with age. so if you are stonewalling, if you are saying no comment, people just think you're a callous big corporation who doesn't understand the suffering people are going through. >> reporter: pg&e followed up by stationing employees in the neighborhood to help and offered $50,000 to each injured family no strings attached. >> i know people want answers. >> to the citizens of san bruno. >> reporter: the day after the explosion, pg&e's boss spoke for the company not a public relations staffer. >> you want to show that again, by the person who you're choosing to put forth that you understand the magnitude of the disaster and the seriousness of the crisis. >> reporter: describe bp's response to its crisis. >> pretty much everything wrong, you know? they sent somebody out there to who didn't have the facts right. they were flip. they made it appear that they didn't really understand the pain and the suffering that people were going through. >> reporter: remember how bp's ceo tony hayward responded to his company's crisis. >> you know, i want my life back!
>> reporter: and what about when wells fargo caught light for -- caught light for sending employees to las vegas after take millions in a tax bailout. the company at first defended the decision. >> it's critical that we do make time to recognize our team members and to demonstrate how much we value them. >> reporter: but hours later, the trip was cancelled. >> if there is going to be action taken, you want to rip the band-aid off right away. you want to understand where you're going to end up in a day, a week, a month and get there as soon as possible. >> reporter: newman says doing crisis management isn't easy because there are competing interests within a company. you have the lawyers who don't want to get sued, financial folks looking at the bottom line and others looking at the image of the company. so we go to these things all the time and you can tell when somebody is getting it right and when they are not. but it makes a huge difference if you are out there out front and tell the truth and you're transparent. it can go a long way to making your reputation withstand whatever crisis it is you're
going through. >> i think the band-aid analogy is apt. rip it off it will hurt, move on and let's go. >> good. simon, thank you. >> sure. well, today the coroner did identify a fourth victim from the fire. she is an 81-year-old woman whose body was found just around the corner from the blast site. len ramirez shows us three people all from the same family remain missing tonight. len? >> reporter: that's right. police are still investigating the bullis family members as missing persons cases tonight. they all lived at the bottom of the hill close to the other victims identified previously and the victim identified today. reporter: 81-year-old elizabeth torres was the mother of nine children. she was at home watching the nfl season opener when the explosion ripped across her neighborhood trapping her in her home. she was confirmed as the fourth fatality of the san bruno pipeline explosion. >> it's very frustrating. >> reporter: millbrae's fire chief praised the efforts of first responders fire and police units. but there are all of us the what ifs. >> we could have done more. >> reporter: three members of another family are missing.
50-year-old greg, his 17-year- son william, and his 85-year- old mother lavonne bulge list have not been seen or heard from since thursday. san bruno's police chief says detectives are still actively working the case until they hear otherwise from the coroner's office. >> we are calling people, we are trying to see if anybody else has seen the individual contact any friends. work related employment. >> reporter: the four confirmed victims and the three missing bullis family members were neighbors who lived in a tight cluster of homes. the bullis, grieg family and elizabeth torres all lived on claremont drive. jessica morales was at a home next to the blast. the chief says there would have been greater loss of life if the explosion had happened in the morning instead of early evening. >> if this would have happened early in the morning i would anticipate probably tripling of the figures of harm. i think we were somewhat fortunate in the timeline that some people probably weren't home yet, some people weren't
asleep. they heard the explosion, no question what it was, and they proceeded with evacuation. >> reporter: within the past hour we got a briefing in the ntsb who has been investigating this incident. one. interesting things that came out of that briefing today was the fact that the valves to shut off the gas are approximately a mile to a mile and a half away from the site and there are two of them on either side of the pipeline. allen that could explain why that fireball burned for so long. they had to send pg&e people out to the site in evening traffic with a key to get behind a fence to manually shut off that very big valve. it took all that time for that valve to be shut off and it could be why this fire burned so long. >> i'm sure it is. would you think in this day and age they might have an automated computerized shutoff? >> exactly. there are systems like that,
but this is a system that was put in, in 1956. and we still don't know whether it had been updated or not. that is one thing the ntsb is looking at. >> sure it will. len ramirez in san bruno, thank you very much. still to come, just who will shoulder of the economic costs of this explosion? while pg&e says it won't be customers this time, some say the next disaster may be a different story. we're about to see more ships like this one bringing automobiles to the port of richmond. i'm ann notarangelo with details of a new partnership with honda and what it means for the people who live here. the sign of another time. getting ready for another grand opening. i'm mike sugerman in marin. we'll tell you why coming up. ,, our mercury moment took place at colin's golf practice.
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ann notarangelo on the potential economic benefit, and how a major automaker has chosen to return to a bay area port to unload vehicles. ann notarangelo on the potential economic benefit and how the move could help the environment, as well. >> reporter: honda is back after leaving in the mid-90s 90s. the car manufacturer has agreed to use the port of richmond as an entry point for it automobiles. >> this is our third port of entry for the united states. >> reporter: cars coming to northern california will no longer have to be driven up from san diego. >> we eliminate over 1.5 million truck miles and all that emissions that go hand in hand with that. so there is a business part and there is the environmental part. >> reporter: at today's grand opening event they touted the $37 million in improvements to the port during a recession and what they called an auto depression. this partnership will bring in a minimum of $90 million over 15 years. and where is that money spent? does that go to the city? >> i don't know. the money is basically goes
into the port's budgets and so it's for operating the port. >> reporter: it's a 25% increase in the port's business, a huge shot in the arm. but the city's not going to see an influx of money nor will it put a big dent in the city's 20% unemployment rate. of the 200 new jobs created, only 60 of those must be local hires. what it does do is make it easier for the port to attract more business which does create more jobs. >> everything now coming in is upside because the infrastructure is paid for. so it's not in this -- this is not the end. this is really the beginning. >> reporter: in this building, honda will inspect and then repair the automobiles that were damaged during transport. but during world war ii, in this building, they built a propel their went on the liberty and victory ship. in fact, the new honda facility is in a national park. this is part of the rose sit riveter world war ii homefront national historical park. 247 ships were built here in
three years. >> historic structures like this really drive when they're occupied and cared for. so to bring businesses in their that are going to use the historic structures for contemporary purposes helps us maintain the character of the world war ii ambience. >> reporter: the port is promised a minimum of 140,000 cars each year. more cars mean more money. honda says its sales are improving. so it will be to everyone's benefit here when these cars are washed off and on the road. in richmond, ann notarangelo, cbs 5. a sign of the past is coming back to life in marin county. mike sugerman joins us from san rafael to tell us about the restoration of a famous sign. mike? >> reporter: you know all about this, dana. you're' north bay gal. how many times have you driven by that sign? a lot. i'm sure. as everybody in the bay area has in this part of the north bay. it is under wraps now but soon it will be another shining
star. reporter: it's a sign of another time. an icon for anyone who grew up or even drove through san rafael in the latter part of the 20th century. >> i look at it as a signature on the property. >> reporter: perry grew up with his name in lights but that signature was of his father, whitey litchfield, who was among the first to bring glitz and glamour to marin county. >> it attracted people from all over the country. it was considered a little las vegas of san rafael if you will. >> reporter: now a motel 6, the resort included the bermuda palms motel, swanky in the 1950s kind of way, which attracted some big names. >> i have had john wayne and robert mitchum and two of the others. >> reporter: ruby palmieri, terry's mom, was a cocktail waitress at a swinging club. not exactly a strip club although it is now a strip mall. and would you see the silhouette of the exotic dancers. they were performing in the
club as you drove down 101. >> reporter: that could have caused some accidents , huh? >> may very well have. >> reporter: the pepperland auditorium gave san francisco clubs a run for their money. artists like pink floyd recorded albums there. but now, all that's left is that big 46 by 8-foot sign. it's now getting a $50,000 makeover. like an old fading star, it's getting ready for its close- ups. >> scrubbing it making it shine. right now it's dirty filthy, it's got, you know, 50 years of dirt on it. we are going to make it shine. >> reporter: jim rizzo of the ron yorks has had to order neon bulbs from italy because the kind used in this sign aren't made in this country and the young erlich field isn't cutting corners. >> i think it's a sign that deserves it. it's classic and historical. people look at it and remember the old days of marin. >> reporter: the job should be done by the middle of next month.
next month, this litchfield sign will be blinking on and off and a lot of people will have no idea why it's there. now you know. feel free to use it at a cocktail party or a local jeopardy show or something. >> it's great to hear the history. i have driven by it countless times. so thank you. >> reporter: i know. it's kind of neat. i wish i had been around then. then i could have been in las vegas. >> you would be a lot older so you know, weigh that. [ laughter ] >> all right, mike. thank you. well, first a nasty ad campaign then somebody shouts monica lewinsky, that's followed by an apology then an endorsement from bill clinton. the wildest twist yet in the california governor's race coming up in two minutes. ,, ,,
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bay bridge from the city of san francisco where we had a high today of 62 down from the average high of 71. oakland scored 68 but that's still down from 74. now, let's take another view of this right here. see this deck of low clouds and patchy fog? that's what will be invading the bay and marching inland tonight in the overnight hours. so the bottom line is if you are out on this tuesday evening, temperatures in the 50s, 60s, beaches. through the 60s bayside, to the 70s inland. the winds are blustery out there. west and northwest gusting up to 20 and 22. there is the leading edge of the bank of low clouds and fog. by tomorrow morning sun-up at 6:49, everybody will be under that deck of clouds. and then the clouds will gradually retreat and we are going to see more sunshine tomorrow than today. that means slightly warmer. tonight, yes, you can actually get out that extra blanket in santa rosa. 49 degrees. it's starting to feel the difference. 51 redwood through palo alto
into foster city. mid-50s around oakland for overnight lows. tomorrow's daytime highs 60s at the beaches, 80 santa clara, 74 fremont. east of the bay from the 60s in richmond and in berkeley, to the mid-80s towards brentwood and antioch. a little bit more seasonal. 60 in stinson beach with some clearing of the skies there. low 80s in sonoma. the extended forecast does call for tomorrow the warmest day of the workweek. then we begin to cloud up on friday. a slight chance of light rain showers on friday in the north bay but across the entire district, over the weekend. and dana and allen, we'll show you where that rain is coming from, that's coming up next time around. >> all right, thanks so much, roberta. talk to you in a minute. the race for california governor gets tougher as democrat jerry brown releases his first attack ad against his rival, republican meg whitman. koula gianulias has more on the ads and how former president bill clinton is now involved. >> we are not going to allow ourselves to be pushed around
like one of her ebay employees. >> reporter: fighting words in a new attack ad from the jerry brown team today as they demand meg whitman pull the plug on her ad featuring bill clinton. >> he raised taxes as governor of california. >> the comments he made on information he thought were true at the time. whitman knows it's not true but runs the ad anyway. >> reporter: his campaign manager also downplayed brown's bash on clinton saying he was just joking when he was caught on tape calling the president a liar. brown apologized and now clinton is endorsing him. >> the whole incident is a bad hair day for jerry brown. >> reporter: democrat steve stays brown's unpredictable nature got him into a bind and now he has to dig his way out by shifting the focus back to the issues. >> he should be talking about something else positive in his opponent not being on the defense. he only has about 60 days until the election to make his case. >> i think jerry brown has misplayed this. i think he has drawn a lot of
attention to a pretty powerful ad. >> reporter: republican brian jones agrees brown has to put a cap on the clinton chatter because it's allowing whitman to maximize the money she spent on her ad. >> if you can get controversy going about one of your ads, that means more people are paying attention to it there is for this discourse. that can be somebody that may hurt jerry brown instead of helping him. >> reporter: the statement president clinton has also criticized the whitman ad as misleading. jerry brown is due in sacramento for for a fundraiser this evening but we haven't been able to reach him for comment. koula gianulias cbs 5. >> it's secondary to the loss of life and injuries but what kind of price tag will come with the san bruno business aster? >> you're looking at $200 million to 3$00 million. >> will that cost be passed on to everybody in the form of higher pg&e rates? as if the victims haven't suffered enough already, what's being done to make sure that no one in the neighborhood becomes a victim of a con artist. a lot of people in san jose
say that they would much rather have high-speed rail travel underground. the question tonight, are they willing to pay for it? cnn says his assertion about his tax record was "just plain wrong." jerry brown went out there and took credit for the fact that the people of california voted for proposition 13, which lowered taxes, which he opposed. and now he's going around taking credit for it. he raised taxes as governor of california. he had a surplus when he took office and a deficit when he left. he doesn't tell the people the truth. the guys who drive a heavy duty truck, have some heavy duty demands. like enough horsepower and torque to get out of just about any situation. a payload that beats the other guys flat out. a frame sturdy enough to bear up a max towing capacity that's over 10 tons. and a braking system tough enough to bring it all to a stop.
investigators have now confirmed ty of a fourth v recapping tonight's top story, the san bruno pipeline explosion. investigators have now confirmed the identity of a fourth victim. the coroner says 81-year-old elizabeth torres died in that blast. at least three neighbors are still missing. we're also hearing from firefighters who are first on the scene. >> initially, we're thinking that a jet airplane went down from san francisco airport. >> somebody was at my son's baseball practice when my wife and i saw the explosion. and i turned to her and she looked right at me and she said, go. >> firefighters from at least 20 departments responded to the blast and within 18 minutes, it was called up to six alarms. of course, it is going to cost a fortune to rebuild san bruno. a lot of ratepayers for pg&e are wondering if they are going to have to pick up any of thatby . the answer? not this time. but maybe the next. reporter: it's hard to put a price tag on pain and destruction but hastings law
professor dan levine thinks he can. >> you're looking at $200 million to 3$00 million. >> reporter: well below pg&e's $1 billion fire insurance coverage. >> it's within the scope of what a company the size of pg&e can handle economically. >> reporter: but that's not always the case. the 2007 wildfires in san diego caused more than $1 billion in damage. and california's investor-owned utilities took notice. they say they can't buy enough coverage for big disasters. >> the cost of insurance has gone up significantly and the amount of insurance coverage available to utilities has gone down significantly. >> reporter: pg&e, so cal- edison and san diego gas and electric are asking state regulators for permission to bill customers for costs above what their insurance will cover in future disasters. >> because there is no upper limit, there is no cap on how much the exposure that ratepayers are facing, it can be an astronomical rate increase. >> reporter: it's coincidence a first hearing on the proposal was held today in san francisco. consumer groups were out in force. >> this is a terrible time to ask ratepayers to pay more money when people are out of work. >> reporter: professor levine has another way of looking at
it. he says, disasters are random. what happened in san bruno can happen anywhere. >> we're shifting risk all the time. something as small as why all of us pay for auto insurance, all of us pay for home owner insurance. it's part of the cost of operating those parts of our lives. >> now, public hearings on that proposal are set for early spring and a decision expected sometime next year. eight people remain hospitalized following the explosion. most with critical burns. one bay area woman knows first happened what those patients are going through. dr. kim mulvihill joins us with her story. >> her name is lisa nash. you may not recognize her name but once you hear and see her story, chances are you will never another get her
-- you will never forget her. reporter: for those critically burned in the san bruno explosion, one bay area woman wants you to know, you're not alone. >> there is light at the end of the tunnel. it will happen. >> reporter: five years ago, as seen on amateur videotape, lisa nash was caught in this terrible fire. an underground pg&e transformer exploded beneath her feet as she crossed an empty intersection in san francisco. the blast left nash severely burned on over 50% of her body. >> the moment of the accident was my most unlucky day. but from the moment thereafter, i was probably the luckiest person i had ever met. >> reporter: luckiest because paramedics were on the scene and nash was just blocks way from the burn center at saint francis memorial hospital. >> they hydrated me and wrapped me up. they told me i looked like a michelin man. >> reporter: doctors put her into a medically-induced coma for 2.5 weeks. >> i would say to the families, everything you can do to be by your family members, be there. if they're in comas, if they're unresponsive to you, keep talking to them because they hear you. >> reporter: because of her traumatic injuries, nash almost died four times. she has had five major surgeries. but she says she's alive today because of the care she received. >> somewhere in the great scheme of life, i was intended to stop
and take a good look at my life and look at my skills and say, how can i really make a difference? because who knows how much time we have on this earth. >> reporter: and out of this horror came some good. lisa nash now runs blue planet network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clean water to people around the world. it's a journey that began five years ago with a terrible explosion and fire. she wants those burned in san bruno to know it doesn't have to end there. you will get through it. >> i would say to each and every one of them, it's a devastating experience. it's an awful thing a trauma that you can't begin to understand. but to focus on one minute at a time, one day at a time. >> reporter: tonight, lisa nash says she is 150% back to normal. nash is through with rehab and surgeries. she works out and goes hiking and because of this tragedy she
has changed priorities. she is dedicated to helping others. her main emphasis getting clean drinking water especially to women and children around the world. >> wow. what an incredible story, woman and to tell it -- >> reporter: don't lose hope. >> and to be available for the victims of san bruno. >> she really would love to go and chat with them one on one. >> i'm sure she will make it happen. >> thank you. there are already work crews in the san bruno disaster zone and that makes some home owners jittery about some potential scams. jennifer mistrot about how neighbors can make sure that contractors spotted in the area are supposed to be there. reporter: the residents of this san bruno neighborhood evacuated after last week's gas explosion are back in their homes. they have been greeted by signs, warning about contractor fraud. >> you know, when they first approached me, i was a little leary because they were anxious to get in and started cleaning. >> reporter: he lives near the
blast site. he thinks his house sustained minimal damage. but inside reeks of smoke so everything needs to be washed from the walls right down to the dishes in his kitchen cupboard. it's a big job. >> i'm sort of consistently asking the policemen, hey, what are the rules and regulations of letting people in? because they are not letting a lot of people in. so since these restoration and cleaning folks have been let in, does that mean they're on the up and up? >> i was in the neighborhood today and -- >> reporter: pg&e wants to make sure all contractors working to restore this neighborhood are on the up and up. major disasters can be a fraud magnet. so the company and local law enforcement tell cbs 5, they are keeping a close eye on who is doing what in this affected area. >> we picked electricians, plumbers, water and smoke damage specialists, and a general construction specialist. what we did was walk the neighborhood over the weekend
to hand out this information. >> reporter: there are nine approved contractors on pg&e's list. one of these companies is cleaning up phil's home right now. >> that gives a little bit of comfort, i suppose. but i don't know. it's like you're in that place where -- well, there's going to be a long list. if we don't start now, there is a little bit of pressure. >> this is very fresh and it's people who may not be ready to deal with these things certainly, we're here, we have been here and we'll be here for the long run. >> reporter: pg&e doesn't want anyone to feel uncoming for thible about the work being done on their homes. representatives plan to walk the streets tomorrow to hand out the contractor lists and the company urges home owners to call if they have any questions at all about who is knocking on their door for work. in san bruno, jennifer mistrot, cbs 5. >> now, the contractors jennifer showed in her story are from serve pro. they are pg&e approved. you are going to know them by
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san francisco supervisors voted 7 to 3 today looks like it's going to cost more for a cocktail in san francisco. san francisco supervisors voted 7-3 today to add a new fee to alcohol served at bars and restaurants. this new fee would add an extra 5 cents to a bottle of beer. it will generate money for alcohol abuse programs. the health department says it spent $13 million last year to
get chronic drunks off the street. that includes paramedic responses and emergency room care. it will go through another vote next week. the san jose city council is considering several option for the city's new high-speed rail. don ford tells us what might make them consider an underground rail versus an above ground train. >> reporter: for the city of san jose, it's about keeping options open. will high-speed rail rumble above or below downtown? above ground will cost a half billion dollars. going underground will cost 5 times that much. california high-speed rail authority officials are leaning towards the above ground option. san jose official want to make sure the rail structure will look good. >> this could either be another embarcadero freeway running right through our downtown neighborhoods or it could be an iconic on the try way for san jose's grand central station but we have one opportunity to get it right. >> reporter: for san jose, it's
like shopping with someone else's credit card. the city wants as much input as possible on how the above ground structure would look even if it costs more. and, of course, it would be on the state's dime. >> cost differences are not really my problem. that's the a problem high-speed rail authority. i think we would make our best judgment based on what's best for san jose. and high-speed rail of course doesn't have to listen to us. they are going to make their own decision. >> reporter: tooling through downtown presents some problem. soil and water conditions make it trickier. it would add the construction time and impact sports venues like hp pavilion and the proposed as ballpark. but some downtown merchants still prefer the underground option be studied. >> they are looking to build a 200-year project. there is no reason to commit to an alignment in the very 1st inning. we should take our time and study the tunnel as well as the
aerial and then make an informed decision. >> reporter: if the rails go above ground, the city council must decide in fact coming weeks how best to convince the state rail authority to build it their way. they want the tunnel idea to stay on the table too. the council set it own deadline for october 5. in san jose, don fernandez, cbs 5. coming up after the break, peering into the waters around san francisco bay. >> today was warmer than yesterday. but still the warmest day of the workweek is still straight ahead. we'll pinpoint that day as eyewitness news continues right here on cbs 5. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
[ imitating siren ] pull over! looks like we got a runner. pull over! we know you've been charging for bags! we can't stop every plane. we're gonna stop this one. you can fly, but you can't hide. ♪ [ ding ] the waters around well, you know, there are sharks, sea lions, fish that kind of thing. but what else is in the waters around here? are there any shipwrecks around the bay area? well, san francisco has tonight's "good question." ken bastida. reporter: the san francisco bay has a reputation as one of the most beautiful ports in the world. and historically, one of the
most dangerous. >> the worst loss of life was a passenger ship, the city of rio de janiero. it went into the ledge at fort point about 125 people drowned. >> reporter: historians tell us that these treacherous waters of the golden gate have claimed at least 300 ships since the gold rush. the remnants of at least two can still be seen. >> the lyman stewart went down first. that's the one the elongated funny looking rock you see out there. >> reporter: that's not a rock? >> that's the engine block of the lyman stewart. >> reporter: richard harden a local historian says the lyman stewart was an oil their got lost in the fog coming out of the bay and was broadsided by another ship and went aground off land's end in 1922. 15 years later it was the frank buck that hit a passenger ship head o at almost the same spot. >> those two sister ships lay there side by side for over a
year until finally somebody figured out that having two wrecked ships along the golden gate was probably bad for the morale of other ships. so they blew them both up and this is all that remains of them now. >> reporter: i need your good questions. send them to me at cbs5.com. roberta gonzales. >> yes. dana king in the house. >> i had my fan up here. >> now why? i always say i'm her greatest fan. [ laughter ] >> oh, yes, i am. >> it's not even warm outside. >> now, you're the first one to complain when it's cold. >> i am. >> and here she is with her fan. look at this. this is our live cbs 5 be camera looking out towards the bay waters where today's high temperature in san francisco was 62. oakland had a high of 68. these numbers are still well below the 70s where we should be for this 14th day of the month. ocean beach is not clear at all. we are socked in. low clouds. sunshine bayside and into the
inland areas. tonight's low from 4 in santa rosa to the 50s in san jose throughout santa clara into willow glen. leading edge of the low clouds and fog making tracks inland a good 60 miles. tomorrow morning sun-up at 6:49. nobody is going to see it. then the clouds quickly retreat. we'll have ample sunshine. and it's going to allow tomorrow to be the warmest day of the workweek. meanwhile, it looks like for your morning commute we'll be socked in from the coast to our inland areas. this is it. it's becoming a little more well defined. it is a cold front. a pool of cooler air associated with it and this is what's going to be in position to produce a slight chance of light rain showers north bay friday. and until then, numbers going up tomorrow by one to about six degrees. it looks like still a little below average, but we'll pinpoint your forecast like this from 60 in pacifica to right around 84 in livermore. friday that slight chance of north bay showers, also over
the weekend across the entire district. it looks like partly cloudy skies by monday and tuesday. michael on the delta from antioch, thanks for your pick to firstname.lastname@example.org. dennis, you know that delta well, don't you? >> i have been there many times. i have won a fish tournament or two. >> yeah, right. >> i think so. anyway, a jockey's life goes from triumph to tragedy, and you've seen it a million times, chances are you may see it again as soon as tonight. next. ,,
divorce, even the dodger dog no longer ranks as the best in the big leagues..but ala the los angeles dodgers are in shambles. manny is gone, the owners are on a sticky divorce. even the dodger dog no longer ranks as the best in the big leagues. but alas, they are still good at one thing. the dodgers and giants seem to relish in knocking each other out of the post-season. exhibit h, morgan's home run in 1982 sending tommy lasorda and the dodgers to an early off season. the dodgers have returned the favor many times over. famously in 1993, mike piazza hit two home runs on the final day of the season despite winning 103 games the giants missing winning the west by one
game. so tonight, the dodgers will play the role of spoilers once more. >> it is a strange feeling for me in a lot of ways it's relaxing. i hate to say. but , you know, we're in a position now that other clubs have been in in the last couple of years against us. you know, we're there trying to impact the pennant race by, you know, playing havoc with the teams that are in it and that's our job now. >> giants are one half game back in the west coming into play tonight. 49er receiver ted ginn junior suffered a knee injury, could miss a couple of weeks so the 49ers signed jason hill to take his place. he was one of the final cuts after the preseason. the saints reggie bush has a little less in his trophy case tonight. the former usc star has forfeited his heisman trophy from 2005. that's the first time this has ever happened. the ncaa ruled that bush was
ineligible for receiving payments from an agent while in school. that led to major sanctions. bush stayed in a statement that giving back the high man was a heartbreaking decision. the trophy trust hasn't decide what to do with it. a jockey at golden gate fields had everything going his way but over the weekend life dealt him a cruel blow. >> reporter: for michael martinez, winning a board proud papa had a special meaning. his fiancee was expecting a baby any day. less than an hour later his life took a tragic turn. >> where's the favorite? we have lost him. out of business, is? he fair 'n warmern... >> we have a number of bad accidents in the past but this is the most catastrophic. >> reporter: the traffic physician helped the 24-year-
old jockey from panama. >> his horse tripped and his saddle may have slipped. the horse landed on him. >> how heavy is the horse? >> it weighs 1100 pounds. >> reporter: he was rushed to highland hospital in oakland where it was discovered he suffered three broken vertebrae paralyzing him from the waist down. >> almost like a son to me. i have been his agent for 14 months. and it's just been a joy to work with him. >> reporter: dennis paterson has been by his client's side almost round the clock and is helping charlotte come to terms with the tragedy. >> he has been with her for a couple of years and she is expecting a baby. she is nine months pregnant. looked like she was going to have it last night but she didn't. >> where's the favorite? we have lost him. out of business, is he? >> have you actually seen it? >> no, i haven't seen it and i don't think i want to see it. >> reporter: alex is his
cousin. a successful jockey in his own right, he brought martinez as a teenager to the united states helping him to focus on his career. >> looking forward to a great career. that was his dream. riding the right horses, you will end up with broken bones or you could be crippled or dead. and that's the ugly part of it. but there's a the lot of great things too. >> in the uk a protective jacket for jockeys has been developed essentially inflates when you become separated from the horse protecting your fall. >> like an airbag. >> it's slow to get to the united states. essentially a human airbag. that's right. >> when an 1100-pound horse falls on you -- >> right. but any protective jacket might be better than none at all. >> we wish him well. [ woman on tv ] if you won't let me in,
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